Category Archives: Nature

Sights and smells of the great outdoors.

CMMC: January Pick a Topic

A few pictures in response Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – January Pick a Topic from [Her] Photo. All three of my photos were taken when I was in Montana visiting my parents in November and December. My topics: yellow, river, and clouds.

Yellow Building: Clarks Fork National Bank, Fromberg, MT. Photo: TLClark, 11/2020.

I took the picture of Clarks Fork National Bank in Fromberg because of the mural. But the yellow color of the building made it my first choice for Cee’s challenge.

Yellowstone River, Billings, MT. Photo: TLClark, 12/19/2020.

These two pictures were taken at Riverfront Park in Billings. It was a beautiful December morning and I thoroughly enjoyed wandering the trails and traipsing along the Yellowstone River. Figuring out which river picture to share for the challenge was a challenge itself!

Clouds over Pond. Riverfront Park, Billings, MT. Photo: TLClark, 12/19/2020.

On my way back to the parking lot, I paused to take pictures of the sky over the pond. Clouds over trees and water seem to fit Cee’s challenge.

CMMC – Word that Contains the Letter U

Mallard Ducks, Riverfront Park, Billings, Montana. Photo: TLClark, 12/31/2020.

Ducks. For Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – “Word that Contains the Letter U.”

Ducks in Flight, Riverfront Park, Billings, Montana. Photo: TLClark, 12/31/2020.

Rusty Nail. On a some old, falling apart piece of farm equipment.

Rusty Nail. Photo: TLClark, 11/21/2020.

Shuffle. The picture was taken in response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt last Monday but I didn’t get around to writing a post. Playing pinochle with my parents was more fun than blogging.

Shuffling Cards. Photo: TLClark, 12/28/2020.

Upside Down Umbrella. It’s a picture from a few years ago that I didn’t use for one of Dutch Goes the Photo! Tuesday Photo Challenges. (Frank, if you see this, know that you are missed.)

Upside Down Umbrella. Photo: TLCLark, 8/7/2019.

Tulips. All kinds of colors – a departure from my usual “one flower” approach.

Tulips, Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa. Photo: TLClark, 5/4/2018.

CMMC – December Close Up or Macro

Leaves in Cup with Pinecone. Photo: TLClark, 12/6/2020.

Sometimes I pick up “treasures” when walking through a park. Usually I just take a closer look then leave them where found. Occasionally I carry them home for Another LQQK.

These two leaves and pinecone were collected while walking at Pioneer Park in Billings, Montana.

Pinecone in Cup with Leaves. Photo: TLClark, 12/6/2020.

The cup and saucer are souvenirs from my visit to the Huntley Project Museum. Both were made by Katie Redfield of Open Sky Arts in Butte, Montana. Visit openskyartsmontana.com to see more of her work.

Cup & Saucer with Pinecone and Leaves. Photo: TLClark, 12/6/2020.

Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – Close Up or Macro.

CMMC: November Pick a Topic

Judy, Julie and Snickerdoodle. Photo: TLClark, 11/10/2020.

It’s another photo challenge and I get to pick the topic based on a picture! Click on this link to see the picture and the guidelines of Cee’s challenge.

Walk. I’m visiting my parents and we walk with dear friends every day. The picture above is definitely a candid shot, another possibility for the topic of the day.

Fence. More than one fence keeps folk on the foot bridge and out of the water. I’m intrigued by stripes and the grid in the shadow.

.Foot Bridge, Shiloh Conservation Area, Billings, MT. Photo: TLClark, 11/19/2020.

Orange. The only orange I could find outdoors in central Montana in mid-November is on Snickerdoodle’s scarf. After I looked a the challenge photo again, the topic for this picture could also be fuzzy.

Snickerdoodle. Photo: TLClark, 11/21/2020.

Posted in response to Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – November Pick a Topic from [her] Photo. Such fun!

A Photo a Week Challenge: JOY

Longtime Friends. Shiloh Conservation Area, Billings, Montana. Photo: TLClark, 11/6/2020.

In this strange time of pandemic, what brings you joy?

Julie and Judy. Shiloh Conservation Area, Billings, Montana. Photo: TLClark, 11/6/2020.

For my parents, it’s a walk and a visit with longtime friends. The walking started as rehab for Mom. In this time of social distancing, it’s grown into a (nearly) daily habit – good for body, mind, and spirit.

Tom and Don. Shiloh Conservation Area, Billings, Montana. Photo: TLClark, 11/6/2020.

The gals stay on level ground. The guys take a longer loop. The dog would like to go with both but is forced to choose.

Snickerdoodle. Photo: TLClark, 11/12/2020.

Posted in response to Nancy Merrill’s challenge “A Photo a Week Challenge: Joy.”

FOTD – Brown (or red?) Sunflower

Sunflower. Photo: TLClark, 7/272020.

Much to my surprise the flash went off when I took this picture and I figured it would be a throw-away. But I rather like it just the way it came out – no editing!

Is it brown or deep red? Is it a Velvet Queen variety or a Moulin Rouge? Or something else? How long have brownish sunflowers been a thing?

Posted in response to Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) photo challenge.

RDP: Feathers

Photo: TLClark, 7/11/2020.

Somehow it’s become a small collection.

Photo: TLClark, 7/11/2020.

Feathers.

Found in the front yard.

Picked up along the bike path.

Photo: TLClark, 7/11/2020.

Alike.

Yet unique.

Photo: TLClark, 7/11/2020.

Now flocking on top of a bookcase.

Feathers.

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Feathers photographed and posted in response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt RDP SATURDAY: FEATHERS.